‘Promise Neighborhoods’ recipients announced

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 21 communities selected for the first phase of the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative — and while Louisville’s 40212 zipcode ain’t one of them, Berea College, is.

For the unaware, the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative is the U.S. Department of Education’s attempt to replicate the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone — which addresses poverty, crime and other social factors, and their impact on K-12 public education, on a block-by-block basis — in neighborhoods across the United States.

LEO Weekly wrote a story about the initiative, and highlighted Portland’s J.B. Atkinson Elementary School as a local example of what the the initiative would look like/yield.

Click through to read what the Feds have to say about it, as well as a list of the winning communities…

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 21 nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education will receive Promise Neighborhoods planning grants. With the one-year grants, the recipients will create plans to provide cradle-to-career services that improve the educational achievement and healthy development of children.

“I applaud each of the Promise Neighborhood applicants for their leadership,” President Barack Obama said. “They are galvanizing their communities to help offer our children a pathway out of poverty. The winners announced today will deliver a broad array of services to help all young people thrive academically, earn their high school diploma, go on to college, and reach for their dreams.”

“Communities across the country recognize that education is the one true path out of poverty,” Secretary Duncan said. “These Promise Neighborhoods applicants are committed to putting schools at the center of their work to provide comprehensive services for young children and students.”

The planning grants of up to $500,000 will support the work in a diverse set of communities in major metropolitan areas, small and medium-size cities, rural areas, and one Indian reservation. The President has requested $210 million in his fiscal 2011 budget, including $200 million to support implementation of Promise Neighborhood projects and $10 million for planning grants for new communities.

And the winners are:

  • Abyssinian Development Corporation ( New York)
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Athens Clarke County Family Connection, Inc. (Athens, Ga.)
  • Berea College (Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties, Ky.)
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation (Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Mont.)
  • California State University – East Bay (Hayward, Calif.)
  • Cesar Chavez Public Policy Charter High School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Community Day Care Center of Lawrence, Inc. (Lawrence, Mass.)
  • Delta Health Alliance, Inc. (Indianola, Miss.)
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (Boston)
  • The Guidance Center (River Rouge, Mich.)
  • Lutheran Family Health Centers (New York)
  • Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc. (Atlanta)
  • Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (Houston)
  • Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission (Los Angeles)
  • United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc. (Worcester, Mass.)
  • United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, Inc. (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Universal Community Homes (Philadelphia)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, Ark.)
  • Westminster Foundation (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Youth Policy Institute (Los Angeles)


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